Re: D III 88

Mick Fauchon (
Thu, 4 Jan 1996 21:53:00 +1100 (EST)


> On a slightly off-topic subject,

So...? 80)

I've come across a reference to a
> 1930's German movie entitled "D III 88" which apparently featured
> WW1 ace Willi Gabriel

Absolutely! Ex-Vizefeldwebel Willi Gabriel it was.

flying the 'last flyable Dr.I' and the 'first-
> ever Dr.I replica.'

Actually, two replicas were built for the film by Alfred Friedrich
for the fiolm, ca. 1933. One was donated to the Luftfahrtsmuseum in Berlin,
but was lost when the museum was bombed out during the War. What happened
to the other one? No idea.

Has anyone ever actually seen this movie? Is
> it worth while attempting to track down?

Never seen it, but it would be worth chasing up, just for
interest's sake. Shall I try to follow it up?

> And the 'last flyable Dr.I' reference has perked my interest. What
> aircraft was this and what ultimately happened to it? Certainly it
> couldn't have been MvR's Dr.I outa the Berlin Museum

See above.

- they wouldn't
> have let that one be flown in a -movie-, would they?

Nope, that one [152/17]was in another museum, the "Zeughaus",
also destroyed, along with the museum, and Boelke's Fokker DIII 352/16.

> And, while we are completely out in left field, what exactly -are-
> the RAF fighters used in 'Hell's Angels'?

My memory says the were SE-5as, but I'm open to correction
on that one. The "DVII"s certainly weren't DVIIs, although the Pfalz
DXII was the real thing.

> You can tell I didn't get my requested Eduard Albatros for Christmas
> or I'd be modeling rather than posting silly inquiries. :-(

Is that perchance because it ain't on the market yet?......
or were you a naughty boy?.....80)...smirk



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